Windows 10 and the lid of my laptop


  • mod

    First of all, to get it out of the way:

    I can't sleep, and I have a mindfulness CD the pain clinic prescribed me, so I figure, sure, I'll put that on, cuddle in a blanket, close my eyes, and hey, maybe sleep happens, maybe I just kill some time until it's properly daylight. Whatever works, right? So I get all set up on the couch, open Groove, realize I can't find the damn CD option, close Groove, open Windows Media Player, click on the CD, adjust the volume. Soothing flute sounds fill my ears. Perfect. I lock the PC and shut the lid so the light won't bother me--

    And the flute stops. Great, the upgrade probably borked my power settings. Only... the power settings are fine. It's not supposed to do anything when I shut the lid. WTF?

    I check WMP settings, get even more frustrated, open the CD with VLC and try again, same problem. I try without locking the PC, same problem. Locking now takes me to a brightly colored desktop picture, so that's not any more soothing on the eyes. What do I do?!



  • Buy a CD player on eBay and quit trying to use your laptop as an entertainment center.



  • Rotate the laptop 180 degrees.

    Seriously though, has it ever worked in the past? It's possible your laptop has a hardware switch that shuts off the speakers when the lid is closed, outside of the OS' control.



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    What do I do?!

    Plug in the laptop? :trollface:
    Did you try setting on battery to do nothing as well?
    Have you rebooted? :passport_control:
    Configure a dark background?
    Put a blanket over it?
    Install Linux? :fishing_pole_and_fish:
    Maybe not a bad idea ... that experience either leaves you in raving hate or utter boredom. The first is a big time killer and the second is sure to help with sleeping.


  • mod

    Right, you guys are no help. Let me rephrase the question:

    How the fuck is this meant to work?! Obviously I can throw a blanket on the laptop, move it to the floor, put a blanket over my head, et cetera, but what is wrong with the software here?



  • See my edit. For all I know, this is a hardware "feature" of the laptop and entirely outside of Windows' control.


  • mod

    @blakeyrat said:

    has it ever worked in the past?

    Unfortunately, I haven't tried. I usually listen to music on my phone in these situations, since who even buys disks anymore :confused:

    Working on the assumption it's a hardware feature, is there an easy way to kill my screen under Windows 10 while leaving the machine running?



  • Try ripping the CD to MP3 or FLAC.

    Maybe your laptop shuts off the CD drive but not the speakers when the lid is closed. I could see a spinning CD drive potentially being a heat risk with a closed lid-- laptops vent a lot of heat upwards through the keyboard, so closing the lid kind of fucks up their head dissipation. Then again, if the laptop is the kind where the speakers are on the bottom of the monitor bezel, it might shut them down with the lid closed simply because they sound like fried ass that way.

    If worse comes to worst, you can just put the MP3s on your phone. So. You know that works.

    ... how do you even have a laptop with a CD drive? Jesus, I haven't had one of those in like my last 3 laptops.

    EDIT:

    @Yamikuronue said:

    Working on the assumption it's a hardware feature, is there an easy way to kill my screen under Windows 10 while leaving the machine running?

    I've seen laptops with a keyboard key that shuts off the backlight entirely. That's pretty damn close to "kill my screen".



  • People here are joking about installing Linux, but given you can't dual boot 7/10 or 8/10 with the same licence key it should be given serious consideration given things like music playback and wireless networking actually work on it.

    Did I really just say that? I think I did. In 2015, I said "try Linux the sound and WiFi probably work better than Windows"

    I'm not sure I want to live in this world any more.



  • I think it's a little premature to say "music playback doesn't work on Windows 10" based on the information we have here, don't you?


  • mod

    Ripping the CD didn't help.

    As I try it more, I'm noticing the faint hissing and/or popping noises in my headphones that imply the audio is still connected, just no sound is being played. When I return to Windows, I see that WMP has paused playback; it doesn't start right back up again. All of which leads me to believe this is a software thing.



  • Probably a bit far to say it doesn't work at all, but a lot of scenarios that used to work under 7/8 like pausing/skipping track from the lock screen only work intermittently at best, it often stops playback on locking for no reason (but not always) and I also have had issues with sleep settings being totally ignored by Windows 10 whereas they worked under 7/8.



  • It seems unlikely to me that WMP and VLC would agree on any behavior. But who knows. I'm too lazy to test on my own laptop, which is undoubtedly a different model in any case.


  • mod

    Also: When I shut the lid without locking it, the screen shuts off, as expected, but when I open it again, it doesn't come back on until I wiggle the mouse. And when it does come back, the wifi lags for a bit, like it has to reconnect but didn't bother telling me.



  • Listening to a CD while the lid is closed works on my Windows 10 laptop.
    Did you try putting the "On battery" setting to "Do nothing"?



  • Ok I just tested it on my machine using YouTube (I don't have VLC installed, and I don't have any ripped music or anything for WMP to play) and it works fine. Acer Aspire S7.



  • You're lucky it reconnects at all; usually have to pop open the menu and remind it to reconnect, power cycle the WiFi adapter or even reboot these days. Whereas 7/8/Linux just work!


  • mod

    OMFG are you serious.

    SO.

    The laptop is plugged in. However, it is at 100% charge, because it's been plugged in for forever. APPARENTLY, under windows 10 but not windows 7, that counts as "On battery". Changing the "on battery" setting works perfectly.



  • That's your shitty laptop, not Windows. My laptop does NOT do that.


  • mod

    It never used to. It's some combination of my shitty laptop and Windows 10.



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    you guys are no help

    :what did you expect.scr:



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    I usually listen to music on my phone in these situations, since who even buys disks anymore

    Then rip the CD and listen from your phone



  • Hey! I proposed that on my first post ... Right above all the bullshit suggestions.


  • mod

    I know, and the bullshit solutions cost you the checkmark :trollface:

    Good news is I fell asleep again for at least a few hours :)



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    I know, and the bullshit solutions cost you the checkmark

    Dammit!

    At first I was only going to post bullshit anyway, then I included some 'real' answers. Next time I'll just stick to the trolling.

    And congrats at falling asleep :smile:


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    @Yamikuronue said:

    Working on the assumption it's a hardware feature, is there an easy way to kill my screen under Windows 10 while leaving the machine running?

    At the risk of :hanzo:, and acknowledging you've already marked an answer, you can use power settings to turn off the screen after n minutes (unless it's been taken out of win10).


  • mod

    True. But it wouldn't have helped until I understood the problem anyway, since the plugged-in power settings weren't applying.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Yamikuronue said:

    True. But it wouldn't have helped until I understood the problem anyway, since the plugged-in power settings weren't applying.

    As far as I know this screen doesn't care about whether you're on battery or plugged in. But I haven't tried it with 10.



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    It never used to.

    You said you never tried it before! I specifically asked that!


  • mod

    I never tried playing music with the lid closed. I did used to close the lid from time to time, and it never slept before. But I didn't know if, as you had postulated, it stopped the CD-ROM drive or shut off the audio drivers.


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